Posts Tagged ‘speaking’

COPFS Debate

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Congratulations (again!) to Rosie Gittings (3T2) and Bethany Morris (2L1) who won last night’s semi final of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Debate against Gordonstoun. Depute Procurator Fiscal Geoffrey Main presided over events as Chair and Head of the Judges. The topic was “Not a Child, Not a Grown Up; When Should the Law Treat Young People as Adults?”

 

 

Inverness Music Festival Success

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Congratulations to Bethany Morris 2L, Katie Gillies 2L and Catriona Garvie 2S who won the S1-S3 Public Speaking on their topic of “Why I wouldn’t want to be a billionaire” at the recent Speaking rounds at the Inverness Music Festival.

Also commended were Amma Crombie 3L, Archie Gray 3L and Rachel Gillies 3L who were the runners up with their topic being “That Disney is for all ages”. There were four teams competing in their category.

by Katie Stark, House Captain, Kishorn

Donald Dewar Debate

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Last Tuesday evening saw Samantha Cochrane (5T) and Morvern Carmichael (5S), alongside three other Highland schools, take part in the second round of the Donald Dewar Debating competition at Glenurquhart High School.

A strong team from Thurso High were victorious and went through to the next round. Samantha and Morvern debated well on a difficult topic – speaking passionately and creatively – particularly at a busy time in their school year.

There is a full schedule of debating events coming up in the months ahead and we are all looking forward to the next competition.

Special thanks are due to Jemimah Morris (6L) for preparing and practicing as an alternate.

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

“… … Ban All Referendums”

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Thursday evening saw eight debaters clash at Charleston Academy in the first round of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.

Two teams from Charleston Academy proposed the motion This House Would Ban All Referendums and they were opposed by two teams from Thurso High School.

Following two intense exchanges, and two fascinating accompanying floor debates, Morvern Carmichael (5S2) and Samantha Cochrane (5T) progressed through to the second round. Cameron Cochrane (4T2) and Rosie Gittings (3T2) were unfortunately defeated by a narrow margin but gained valuable experience. All spoke well, communicating quickly and clearly on a complex topic, and were a credit to the English department and the school.

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1) participated in the floor debate and was selected by organisers the Law Society of Scotland as providing the best audience question. She will receive a book token and offers a bright hope for future debating success.

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1)

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done all and good luck to our girls for the second round!

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

North of Scotland Schools Public Speaking

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Congratulations are due to three pupils who competed in the first round of the North of Scotland Senior Public Speaking competition at Nairn Academy on Wednesday the 25th of September.

Robert Thorne (4S), Cameron Cochrane (4T2) and Stuart Hamilton (4T2) were successful (along with pupils from Millburn Academy) in making it through to the finals of this prestigious event, which will be held in Aberdeen next March.

They will compete against the other preliminary winners – St. Margaret’s School for Girls and Robert Gordon’s College – for the overall title.

Well done and good luck for the future!

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

Procurator Fiscal & Crown Office Speaking Champions

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Congratulations to Morvern Carmichael (4S2) and Cameron Cochrane (3T2) for their outstanding success in the new national speaking competition – the Procurator Fiscal and Crown Office National Speaking Competition.

In this inaugural year of the competition the Charleston duo first won the Highlands final, then the North of Scotland final, and yesterday emerged as national winners at the Scottish final in Glasgow.

This prestigious speaking competition saw pupils from Shawlands Academy and Auchmuty High School compete with Charleston at the High Courts of the Justiciary in Glasgow. The judges were Lesley Thomson QC – Solicitor General for Scotland, Alex Prentice QC – Principal Crown Counsel for Scotland and John Dunn – Procurator Fiscal for East Scotland.

Members of our speakers club headed off early on Tuesday preparing to speak on the theme of ‘Gender Equality – No Chance.’

Morvern and Cameron practiced in the school minibus en route to Glasgow. They then rehearsed under Nelson’s Monument on Glasgow Green. Driver for the day, Mr Rob Seymour (PT Technical) commended their natural enthusiasm and lack of nerves throughout.

The group had fun despite the prestigious nature of the competition, but their natural fervour won the day and they came away champions. Thank you to Mr Seymour for driving there and back and for taking the photos. Special thanks to Mrs Kay Storey for mentoring and supporting the whole group throughout this competition. Well done everyone. The whole group are outstanding ambassadors for Charleston Academy and young people.

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Crown Office National Speaking Competition

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Two Charleston Academy pupils are heading to Glasgow today, Tuesday, to take part in the Final of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service National Public Speaking Competition 2015. Having won the Highland and then the North of Scotland heats, Morvern Carmichael (4S2) and Cameron Cochrane (3T2) are competing against Shawlands Academy and Auchmuty High School today. The Final takes place early this evening at Glasgow Sheriff Court. The prestigious panel of judges includes Lesley Thomson QC, Solicitor General for Scotland, Alex Prentice QC, Principal Crown Counsel for Scotland and John Dunn, Procurator Fiscal for East Scotland.

View the itinerary for the competition below. Good Luck to Morvern and Cameron. We are sending a minibus full of supporters and younger speakers to Glasgow. Best Wishes.

Morvern Carmichael (4S2)

Morvern Carmichael (4S2)

Cameron Cochrane (3T2)

Cameron Cochrane (3T2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Procurator Fiscal’s Speaking Competition

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Congratulations to Cameron Cochrane (2T2) and Morvern Carmichael (3S2) for their recent win in the inaugural Procurator Fiscal’s Public Speaking Competition. The final of the competition was held at Charleston Academy earlier in March and was presided over by Procurator Fiscal for the North of Scotland Andrew Laing and the Depute Procurator Fiscal for Inverness. Next year, as the competition gets more widespread participation, the final speakers will be invited to the court room in Inverness to make their speeches.